Jay Cutler’s knee ligament is strained, not severed. That might be enough to make him the Bears’ most hated quarterback since Cade McNown. If so, it’s wrong. All wrong. NFL players tweeting about Cutler not finishing Sunday’s 21-14 loss to the Packers just shows he’s one of the NFL’s most disliked players. How about the 15 Packers on injured reserve. Are they wimps, too?
Jay Cutler’s knee ligament is strained, not severed. That might be enough to make him the Bears’ most hated quarterback since Cade McNown. If so, it’s wrong. All wrong.
NFL players tweeting about Cutler not finishing Sunday’s 21-14 loss to the Packers just shows he’s one of the NFL’s most disliked players. How about the 15 Packers on injured reserve. Are they wimps, too?
Cutler gets sacked more than any player in the league, runs fearlessly and never complains. He’s as tough as quarterbacks get. Coming out Sunday meant he put the team ahead of himself. He simply couldn’t play well hurt. His last two passes were an interception and a poorly under-thrown short pass to Devin Hester.
The announcers said the Eagles hid Michael Vick’s helmet to try to keep him off the field in Philadelphia’s last drive against Green Bay. Vick found it and threw a game-losing interception. A Vick who can’t move is worthless. Perhaps the Packers would have lost in the first round if Kevin Kolb had replaced Vick, as the coaches wanted. Cutler also isn’t much good if he can’t move; remember how bad Daunte Culpepper turned once he injured his knees? Or remember how Mike Ditka ripped Neal Anderson at the end of his final season for hurting the team by not admitting he was injured?
The Bears were better with a healthy Caleb Hanie than a damaged Cutler. Blame Lovie Smith for giving Todd Collins the first shot to replace Cutler. But don’t blame Cutler.
Williams misses key block
The only thing worse than the failed end-around call to Earl Bennett on third-and-3 on Chicago’s next-to-last play was Chris Williams running past two Packer tacklers without blocking anyone. One more failed first-round draft pick.
Bears heroes not quite heroic
It’s bad enough that all-time great returner Devin Hester has been tackled by the punter six times this year. Sunday, Aaron Rodgers saved a touchdown with a weak tackle of Brian Urlacher near midfield. Down 14-0 and without Jay Cutler, the Bears can’t be expected to win if their Pro Bowl linebacker can’t run over a quarterback.
Winning QBs overhyped
Ben Roethlisberger scrambled for four first downs and ran out the clock with two big passes in the Steelers’ win over the Jets. Aaron Rodgers opened the game with three 20-yard passes on Green Bay’s first five plays. Still, Roethlisberger had a 35.5 passer rating and Rodgers 55.4 and the national media made them out to be Sunday’s biggest stars.
Bears choose wrong tactics
Chicago ran on six of its first 11 plays and picked up one first down on three drives. The Bears finished the half with more passes than runs. The Packers threw on four of their first five plays for 76 yards and had more runs than passes by halftime. It’s always easier to run when you pass first. Green Bay learned that in the second half when it tried to force the run and sit on a 14-point lead and gained only 16 yards on 14 carries.
Even worse than Chicago calling half its plays for Matt Forte (17 runs, 15 passes) was leaving the deep middle wide open for the Packers’ passing game in the first half. “We decided to be a little more aggressive,” cornerback Tim Jennings said of blanking the Packers in the second half. “We played a little more man.” They should have started that way.
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